REVIEW: Jeremy Jordan – Church Hill Theatre, Edinburgh

After successful cabaret runs at New York’s 54 Below, Broadway, film and small-screen star Jeremy Jordan brings his considerable talent and charm to the UK for a limited run in London and Edinburgh.

With the packed auditorium literally buzzing, Jordan bounds onstage to rapturous applause and from the moment the first glorious notes ring out, Jordan has the crowd firmly in the palm of his hand. And boy does he deliver, there’s something for everyone in the programme, which reads like a CV of career highlights: songs from Bonnie and Clyde and Newsies, the show that set his Broadway star alight; a Sondheim selection; a barn-storming Moving too Fast from the movie version of Jason Robert Brown’sThe Last Five Years; a Rock of Ages medley of More Than Words andTo Be With You with wife Ashley Spencer; some compositions of his own and an audience Q and A.

Jordan’s voice is a class apart and his charisma and the sheer joy and enthusiasm with which the whole night is infused is infectious. His natural rapport with the audience and his willingness to share personal stories and banter elevates this above the usual formulaic fare.

With the transition to the small screen successfully made (in Supergirl), it may be a while until we see Jordan on a stage again, hopefully, he’ll still have time to squeeze in some more gems like this. A fabulous night’s entertainment that’ll stay long in the hearts and minds of the adoring audience .